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Full Team Name

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow

Base

Maranello, Italy

Team Chief

Mattia Binotto

Technical Chief

Simone Resta

Chassis

SF90

Power Unit

Ferrari

First Team Entry

1950

World Championships

16

Highest Race Finish

1 (x239)

Pole Positions

221

Fastest Laps

253

Ferrari

Ferrari

Unlike most of the F1 car manufacturers, Ferrari goes way back to its founder, Enzo Ferrari, turning his engineering prowess into what we now know as the company that manufactures superfast cars. Since the birth of Scuderia Ferrari in 1929, Ferrari has been known for building cool cars and a multifunctional engine. After some initial struggles, the Italian car manufacturing team got back to making fast cars that would win tons of competitive races. Ferrari headquarters are still based in Maranello where they first began their work.

Ferrari has a long history of manufacturing cars in every decade since its initiation. We shall go through some of their brightest and best cars that made an instant impact in the F1 world.

1940 – 1960

The decade of 1940s had little to do with any racing but in the closing years of the decade, racing returned and many Grands Prix began in which Ferrari participated. The concept of World Championships did not exist in those days.

The 1950s marked as the years that would define the significant role played by the manufacturing team. 1950 was the first year of Formula One World Championship and consequently, for Scuderia Ferrari too. The first Formula One season was a bit difficult for them. Although, a year later, Ferrari took away the baton from Alfa Romeo team who had dominated the 1950 season. In 1952, Ferrari won almost every race and took control of World Championship. Because of the changes introduced to the Formula 1, they lost their top spot.

In the last few years of the decade, Carlo Chiti took the responsibility to design a car that would eventually shape the future of automobile industry. Carlo designed the Ferrari 246 F1 that had a V6 engine. Ferrari drivers Collins, Mike Hawthorn and Musso participated in the 1958 Grands Prix. Sadly, Collins and Musso both died amid the Grands Prix that year but Hawthorn won the World Championship. Ferrari used a couple of revolutionary cars in the 50s for Formula 1 races.

Ferrari 125 F1

During this tenure, the only racing car built by Ferrari was a Tipo 125 which was later recreated for Formula 1 and named Ferrari 125 F1. The car had a basic 12-cyllinder framework.

Ferrari 375 F1

In addition to this car, there were two more that used the same engine as this car did. The reason why these three cars were built is because there was a lot of experimentation going on in those days and Ferrari wanted to test which car could keep up with the mechanical needs of the formula. Ferrari 375 F1 was a major success. To this day, engineers look for inspiration in this car which was ahead of its time in its booming days.

 

1960 – 2000

The year of 1960 brought about a lot of changes in the F1 industry, mostly channeled through Ferrari. Because rest of the competitors used overpowered engines, it became a necessity for Ferrari to develop a new rear engine that would make it a little easier for the new Ferrari race car drivers, Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther, Cliff Allison and Willy Mairesse to compete at the same level as the rest of the drivers did. Then came the famous Phill Hill year of 1961. Ferrari won a total of 5 Grands Prix and the very first Constructors title with Hill and Wolfgang von Trips. Two years later, they would yet again win the 1964 championship using a car that had a new concept, light 8-cyllinder system. John Surtees, their lead driver took the charge to win Ferrari both the Drivers Championship and the Constructors Championship.

The next few years went without major trophies. As soon as the year 1975 started, Ferrari began its long-awaited journey toward the top. The journey did end up with Ferrari winning many Drivers and Constructors titles till the mid-80s. Following that the team experienced another period without winning any trophies. However, the team made a historic return in 1999 by taking back their throne at the top of the Constructors standings. This would mark a new decade of prosperity for Ferrari.

The famous cars used in these years are:

156 F2

The car was fundamental to the engineering concepts applied to its successors. It was famously driven by Wolfgang von Trips.

156 F1

The year of 1961 was dominated by Ferrari and its drivers who won both the Drivers and Constructors title with 156 F1 car. It happened so because the architecture of the engine was mainly focused on lowering the center of gravity in order to improve stability. 156 F1 car won five out of a possible eight Grands Prix.

158 F1

John Surtees, the winner of the 1964 Formula 1 title, drove 158 F1 in all the races he competed in F1. Also, the car made the return of the V8 engine a success.

2000 – 2020

After telling the world they were back, Ferrari won about seven Constructors Championships and helped their drivers win six Drivers Championships between the years of 2000 and 2010. These wins turned Ferrari’s fortunes around. In total, they now carry with them 16 Constructors Championships and 15 Drivers Championships having finished 254 fastest laps amid the process. It is an unprecedented stat for a car manufacturer in Formula 1. Furthermore, Scuderia Ferrari is known for inventing many of the amazing features today’s road cars use to travel around cities around the world. There were many great single-seat cars they manufactured in the years that followed, but there was only that started the revolution for Ferrari.

F1-2000

The year when Ferrari broke records taking away 170 points and 10 pole positions. They also won double World Championships with Michael Schumacher. What made these wins possible was the immaculate architecture designed to enhance the front-end aerodynamics. The high nose cone that made room for the driver in the best way possible, the chassis that lowered the center of gravity even more played a huge role in providing an extra advantage to the driver. Like many of their cars, Ferrari’s F1-2000 was nothing short of a revolution in the automobile industry. It paved the way for many other manufacturers to experiment with the front-end aerodynamics.

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